Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Resources to Confront Racism

Resources on Racism

 

Today, we are being called to confront the sin of systemic racism in our world. 

It can be hard to know where to begin. 

Here are some suggestions for ways

to PRAY,

to LEARN and LISTEN,

and to CHALLENGE our assumptions

as we embark on the hard work of justice.   

 

BECOMING ANTI-RACIST

This chart is for reflection and prayer as we consider our attitudes concerning racism in our culture, society and most importantly in our own spirit as a Christian.  We use it with the permission of the New Ground Creations https://www.newgroundcreations.com/, a youth/young adult organization located in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

PRAY

 

 

 

Prayer Service for Racial Healing (includes an Examination of Conscience for racial justice)

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/prayer-service-for-racial-healing.cfm

 

 

Saint Stories:

Saint Josephine Bakhita:                                                                                                 

https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/saints/saints-stories-for-all-ages/saint-josephine-bakhita/

 

Saint Martin de Porres:

https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/saints/saints-stories-for-all-ages/saint-martin-de-porres/

 

Saint Peter Claver:

https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/saints/saints-stories-for-all-ages/saint-peter-claver/

 

 

LEARN and LISTEN

 

Resources For Children and Families:

 

Conversation Starter on Racism and the Dignity of the Human Person (from Our Sunday Visitor):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15gNKE-W5mUPp40ht5LForvcSv1YzmNJS/view

 https://store.loyolapress.com/everyone-belongs

Book for kids:  Everyone Belongs

https://store.loyolapress.com/everyone-belongs

 

CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Explaining Racism to Kids:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/app-news-section/cnn-sesame-street-race-town-hall-app-june-6-2020-app/index.html

 

Article:  How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/869071246/how-white-parents-can-talk-to-their-kids-about-race

 

Resources For Teens:

 

Taking Steps Toward Anti-Racism:

https://lifeteen.com/blog/taking-steps-toward-anti-racism/

 

Understanding Privilege:

 

 

Read the Young Adult adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy  (and watch the movie!)

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Adapted-Young-Adults/dp/0525580034/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2I62PS1PB9L50&dchild=1&keywords=bryan+stevenson&qid=1592323409&sprefix=bryan+steven%2Caps%2C168&sr=8-6

 

Watch/Read/Discuss:  Just Mercy

Based on the bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning and true story of Walter McMillian, a Black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system, and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life.

 

Just Mercy, PG13, streaming free through June 2020 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and other streaming services

 

Online Discussion Guide:

 https://catholicsmobilizing.org/just-mercy-catholic-study-guide

 

Catholic News  Service Movie Review:

https://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2019/just-mercy.cfm

 

Read the Book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption/dp/081298496X/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2I62PS1PB9L50&dchild=1&keywords=bryan+stevenson&qid=1592323409&sprefix=bryan+steven%2Caps%2C168&sr=8-3

 

 

From Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Moral Theology at Fordham University:

 

The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It

from National Catholic Reporter

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

 

Read his book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

https://www.amazon.com/Racial-Justice-Catholic-Church-Massingale/dp/1570757763/ref=sr_1_1?crid=J1BMZZYGTR6G&dchild=1&keywords=bryan+massingale&qid=1592323345&sprefix=Bryan+massi%2Caps%2C162&sr=8-1

 

Watch America Magazine’s Interview

 

 

More Catholic Reflections on Racism:

 

US Bishops’ Letter Against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts:

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf

 

When Protest Becomes Prayer, from America Magazine

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/06/05/protest-prayer-catholic-george-floyd-racism

 

To Fight Racism, Catholics Must Hunger for Justice Like We Do For the Eucharist, from America Magazine

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/06/01/fight-racism-catholics-must-hunger-justice-we-do-eucharist

 

 

CHALLENGE

 

Educate Yourself About Black History:

 

Explore the 1619 Project from the New York Times:

Four hundred years after enslaved Africans were first brought to Virginia, many Americans still don’t know the full story of slavery, or understand the many ways its legacy continues to shape society in the United States. The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times to correct the record, reframing the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the national narrative.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html?action=click&contentCollection=Magazine&region=TopBar&module=HomePage-Title&pgtype=Multimedia

 

 

 

Take the Implicit Association Test:

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

 

The IAT measures the strength of unconscious associations between a group of people, such as white people, black people, and Muslims, and value words, such as good or bad. Your response is faster and easier when a strong unconscious association exists between the social group and the value word. This may seem like an odd test, but in order to test for implicit bias, a person must respond instinctively rather than thoughtfully.

Follow the Project Implicit directions to try the “Race IAT.”